Wekfest San Jose 2019 Coverage… Part 1…

I’ve really been trying to get these photos out much earlier than today but quite honestly, it has been pure chaos over here lately. Correction: it has been pure BLISSFUL chaos over here. Things are great. They really are. I cannot complain. Talk about a complete 180 from last year. It just couldn’t be more different. Above all else, I think the energy is just different. I’ve been so productive lately that I don’t even believe I’m doing some of these things myself. As I’m typing this, I have a flight to catch to Seattle for a Wekfest event this weekend in just a few hours and I haven’t even begun to pack yet, lol…

It might not appear that way as the site itself hasn’t been very active but there are a million things going on behind-the-scenes. I swear there’s a Wekfest San Jose Vlog I haven’t put together yet and it’s already time for Seattle. Might as well do both at the same time now I imagine. On the Wekfest side of things, it also couldn’t be going better. We have such a great crew working cohesively now that the shows are starting to feel very distinct from the competition. Kenneth Li from Wekfest is operating at another level creatively and really reworking the way Wekfest “looks”—and it really shows. San Jose is the big one for Wekfest since Northern California is the place where it all started so he really wanted to show the rest of the industry that we are at the top of our game. This year the San Jose Convention Center was filled with high-quality builds with an upwards of 400+ cars in the building…

I’ll get more into the show and my thoughts on it in the next few parts but I really have to run. There are a bunch of packages that need to go out and I have some emails to go through from the publishing company that I’m working closely with on the finalization of Volume 2. Before I go, I just want to thank everybody for all the support over the years. It’s been hectic here lately but it’s only because you’ve been so great about continuing to push me to want to make The Chronicles better and better. It’s crazy to think that after ten years, things are still on a very positive trajectory and the site as a whole is just getting stronger. I appreciate it wholeheartedly. Thank you.

Here are the first batch of photos from Wekfest San Jose 2019. I didn’t even realize how many photos I took this year until I finally finished processing all of them last night. There’s a sizable batch coming in the next week. After that, I’m sure I’ll also have a ton of Seattle Wekfest photos for you guys and that one….oh boy, that one is going to be fucking crazy. That show also continues to get better each year and I’m interested to see what that area has to offer. Stay tuned folks and catch me on Instagram if you want the most recent updates in regards to, well, just about everything…

Enjoy!…

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Two of the first cars in the building that early morning were the GReddy builds which were transported from Southern California…

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Tony Pham’s Comptech Supercharged C32-swapped NSX-T with Advance half bumper and bronze Volk TE37…

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J*Blood front paired with PCI sides on this white Civic hatchback sitting on 16-inch Volk Racing ZE40…

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There was a little bit of everything at Wekfest San Jose, Lowriders included…

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Kraftwerks-supercharged FA5 Civic SI with an FD2 conversion with widened front fenders and rear over fenders…

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Subaru WRX STI rocking a Voltex aero kit complete with their wide fenders and a high-polished set of Volk TE37V…

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One of the builds that has become one of the staples of the Norcal car community is Algier Redoloza’s dark green Mitsubishi Evolution IX which is always seeing upgrades here and there even though he’s had it for what seems like ages now…

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I love the fact that after all these years, Evo guys will still run the Chargespeed rear over fenders but they absolutely NEVER run the front bumper because it is just terrible looking, lol. This Evo X is paired with Varis Version 2 aero, additional bolt-on flares over the Chargespeed rear overs, along with a Voltex swan-neck wing…

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Another of the Voltex widebody Subaru WRX STI pig nose…

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Some of the cars from Endless Projects lined-up and getting ready to cruise-in…

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One of the more oddball builds of this year’s San Jose Wekfest event was this “Mesa One” custom car with a supercharged motor and handmade one-off body panels…

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Nat Huynh’s HKS GT-Supercharged Lexus LS460 from Endless Projects…

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Toyota 86 with a Rocket Bunny front and step-lipped Work VS-KF wheels stuffed under the stock-body…

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Subaru BRZ running Rocket Bunny over fenders and bronze Volk TE37V. OEM rear bumper has been altered to reveal a custom rear crash bar in white…

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Nice vanity plate on this BMW M3 on BBS FI wheels…

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A local San Jose police officer worked the entrance gate and greeted enthusiasts as they rolled into the San Jose Convention Center…

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If there is one thing that the Bay Area doesn’t have a shortage of, it’s NSXs. There were a ton of them at the show this year…

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As I was taking a photo of the black NSX above, Hanzel Tango came cruising by in his black NSX…

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Pandem widebody Datsun S30Z looking pretty cool as it drove up to the staging ramp…

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Following right behind was Miss Asian Barbie’s Pandem widebody R35 GTR…

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Always cool to see a Spirit Rei front face on an RPS13 chassis…

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The Spirit Rei kit on this 240SX is actually paired with Car Modify Wonder “Glare” GT front fenders and rear over fenders…

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Another shot of the Pandem S30Z on SSR Longchamp wheels…

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And the rear of Ms Barbie’s Pandem R35 GTR…

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Classic Rocket Bunny aero on this 240SX on HRE wheels…

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The guys from Street Dreams always come out to show support for the Wekfest Bay Area event…

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Hanzel Tango’s ongoing Mugen-themed NSX build. He’s always on the look-out for rare Mugen goodies for this thing and always executing modifications with good detail touches…

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Rowell’s RHD Integra and its super clean engine bay, running a rarely seen OEM optional kit. I wonder what the cop was thinking seeing Rowell pull-up on the other side of the dashboard…

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Subaru WRX STI fitting those bronze CEs nicely…

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The rear-end of Hanzel’s NSX on Mugen M7 wheels…

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Voltex widebody Subaru WRX STI running a “S204” badge which is a rare Japan-only version of the Subaru…

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Randy Auyeung’s NSX from PLUSONE crew…

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Custom matte blue Mugen MF10 wheels with machined caps are a nice touch…

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Staff pizza lunches are never a bad thing…

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Jeremy Allgier made the 7-hour drive from Southern California in his ARC-themed Honda Prelude. Nice to see one of the top-tier Honda builds from L.A. competing at the annual Norcal event…

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Mr. “cloned_r” himself from Kosoku dodging the police in his Integra with J-spec ITR face and Mugen front bumper…

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J’s Racing lip and Chargespeed front wide fenders on this red RHD EG Civic…

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One of the cars that immediately caught my eye was this right-hand drive DA Integra slammed on classic 17-inch Racing Hart Type-C. Just the way the car sat with the Wings West front bumper, the one-piece JDM headlights, Mugen rear wing, and the header peeking through the bumper vents just brought back this instant feeling of nostalgia, back to the late 90s and early 2000s…

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This was THE look for that era and a glimpse at the past of how Honda builds used to be put-together. Talk about a time capsule…

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Absolutely love how this Datsun Bluebird coupe sat on Work CR-01 wheels. Nice contrast with the orange paint on the bronze lip and matte gunmetal face of the Work Wheels…

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20-Valve 4A-GE powered ’69 Corolla Sprinter owned by William Estrada from High Octane Tuners crew…

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Paypa Boy’s Phoenix Yellow Integra Type R with Mugen Gen. II rear wing and Spoon SW388 wheels representing Dream Team SF…

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Full catalog of Voltex aero components on this Mitsubishi Evolution…

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One of the coolest builds to pop-up that weekend was Danny’s Ford LTD coupe from Bandits car club. If you guys don’t remember Danny, he was once a member of AM7 with the K-swapped Laguna Seca Blue Honda Civic. After he started Bandits, he redid his Civic but eventually moved on to building Lowriders and domestics…

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Nothing more representative of California than this image right here…

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Integra Type R running a Mugen Gen. 1 rear wing, Dunlop Formula Hart wheels, JDM ITR face, and what appears to be a rare Zeal rear half bumper…

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A couple more of Danny Hernandez and his custom Ford LTD coupe which he’s been working on for a couple years now. Nice to see the new makeover and it all come together finally…

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Phil from PUREVIP’s Mode Parfume Lexus LS430, planted on the streets of San Jose, California…

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A glimpse through the hoard of germ-ridden rent-a-scooters reveals Phil’s SSR Professor SP4 wheels in high-polished finish…

Well that’s all I got for you for today. I got a flight to catch to Seattle for another Wekfest event so if you guys are out there in the PNW, I guess I’ll see everyone this weekend! Thanks for looking and stay tuned for more!!…

One thought

  1. Call me crazy, but that DA Integra has a look to it, that will never go out of style, at least for me. I guess growing up in the F&F/Nopi/Import Showoff era, has left me with a soft spot for that era of styling.. And since it’s so rare nowadays, to see cars built in that way I always get a bit nostalgic.

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